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Photographer Tom Blachford – Modern Midnight IV


Sat 3 Mar 2018, 9:00am–6:00pm

Where: Michael Reid Contemporary Art Gallery, 105 Kippax Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: katieekr

Melbourne Photographer Tom Blachford, will showcase the fourth installment in his Midnight Modern series.

In the images, shot using only moonlight, Blachford explores a fanciful, night-lit journey through Palm Springs, California. Casting a new light on the town renowned as the perpetual nucleus of Modern design, Midnight Modern IV embraces the outer-reaches of the Modernist movement to capture alien landscapes and architecture cast in ethereal moonlight.

Shot over four years, Blachford’s Midnight Modern series of architecture, has been featured widely around the globe in publications such as Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, Aesthetica and Wired. The monograph of the series was released by PowerHouse books NYC in 2016.

Midnight Modern IV’s moonlight images depict the Palm Springs of a relinquished era. The surreal shots offer a rare take on the town whose unique geography and climate give rise to a distinct, deep blue sky which delivers a midnight blue and moonlight ideal for long exposures—of which Blachford has taken full advantage.

“The process of combining the moonlight and a camera to me really is magic. The long exposure compresses these moments in a single viewable image to capture a world just beyond our perception,” he said.

Blachford's powerful images of a Futura house, The Doolittle House by Kellogg and The Black Desert House by Oller and Pejic will transport the viewer in time to an era many of us are simply too young to have experienced.

“Each image invites the viewer to script their own narrative behind the walls of these amazing Modernist masterpieces,” explains Blachford.

“The houses and cars in these images appear almost exactly as they did 50+ years ago, like portals in time,” he said.

All pieces on display will be available for purchase.